The Dodgers had a busy Monday to say the least as they finished up most of their free-agent shopping list. They agreed to a five-year contract with star closer Kenley Jansen and closing in on a deal to bring back 3B Justin Turner. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Jansen’s contract is believed to be worth $80 million, with a bonus if traded and the ability to opt out after three-years. Tuner on the other hand when the contract is finalized is believed to be a four-year $64 million contract.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 13, 2016
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2016
Jansen’s contract will be one of the highest paid contracts for a reliever and he is well worth it. He has recorded 35 or more saves in three-consecutive seasons, including a career-high 47 saves in 2016 regular season. He also played a pivotal role in the Dodgers postseason success.
Turner is another key piece for the Dodgers organization, as he led the team in just about all offensive categories. Turner finished the hit .275, with 27 home runs and 90 RBIs. Not only that he is a solid defender and one of the vocal leaders on the team.
The Dodgers have filled two of their biggest holes on the team. Now they can focus their attention on finding a suitable replacement for Chase Utley at second base.
There are multiple options the Dodgers can explore. They have been linked to Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier but it is still unknown what it will cost to attain him. They can always think about bringing back Utley but with him turning 38 in December may not be a popular option. The cheap in-house replacement would be Micah Johnson but he may not be ready to take on a full-time role just yet.
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